A village website
for residents and visitors
Secret Gardens Of Winster
an Open Gardens event in the Derbyshire Peak District
A village website
for residents and visitors

Sorry - we will not be running Secret Gardens in 2021
Provisionally: Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July 2022

1.30pm to 5.30pm

What previous visitors have said:

"What a lovely way to spend an afternoon"

"Beautiful gardens, designed and cared for with such love and commitment. Thank you for sharing."

"Very friendly residents, fascinating gardens, delicious refreshments"

Winster is a picturesque and historic Derbyshire village, 5 miles from Matlock and Bakewell. (See Map)

On one weekend each year, a large number of residents open their gardens to their neighbours and to visitors from further afield. We are expecting to open at least 20 gardens each day.

Visitors follow a garden trail around the streets and alleys of the village, exploring a wide variety of gardens.

There is a Gnome Hunt for children, and scarecrows to find in a number of gardens. We offer a wide range of refreshments - in our award-winning (and fully accessible) village hall and in several gardens - from cream teas to home-made desserts. Soft and alcoholic drinks will be available in a number of locations.

There will be plants from Winster-based Peak Cottage Plants, and quality local crafts for sale, and there will be live Jazz in one of the gardens each day.

There will be a 45-minute concert by the Wyns Tor Singers at 4.30pm on Saturday. We are expecting that Winster Morris Dancers will perform at 5pm on Sunday. 

The event is run in aid of the Burton Institute, Winster's award-winning village hall, and other Winster organisations.


Photo Gallery

(click photo to see it full size) Photos by John Cook

Or - for even more photos (and larger) - see our Slideshow

For other excellent photos, and an outsider's view (of the 2006 event, but still relevant today), see Janet Roberts' blog

Event Information

Opening Times:
1.30pm to 5.30pm each day.
Getting to Winster
Winster is on the B5057 (which runs from the A6 at Darley Dale). The B5056 (Bakewell to Ashbourne) skirts the top of the village. See Map.

There is a reasonable Bus Service (from Matlock and Bakewell) on Saturday, but no Sunday service. (Nearest buses on Sunday: Darley Dale)

Very limited parking in the village itself, but we have a large free car park in a field at the top of the village (on the B5056 above Miners Standard pub), which will be open from 1pm. We run a free Park and Ride minibus service (with wheelchair lift) from the car park to Main Street and back - or you can walk (gently downhill) from the car park to the first garden in about five minutes.

If you are driving into Winster from the East (Matlock/Darley Dale), the signposted route to our car park may seem a little unlikely, but please trust our signs: the shortest route involves a steep, narrow road which can jam up quickly - so we have signposted a route round the edge of the village on wider, safer roads.

Car Park is at (53.136358,-1.647223) - 150m south of postcode DE4 2DR. Or use Plus Code "49P3+J6C Winster" on Google Maps.
Your ticket is in the form of a Gardens Map, and this has a broad assessment of each garden's accessibility.

Winster is a hilly village, and some gardens are impossible for the less mobile, but we aim to open several gardens that are accessible to the "walking but wobbly" and to wheelchair users with reasonably fit attendants (most of the flatter gardens have at least one or two steps).

Most gardens have uneven paths, so those with poor vision would need a fully-sighted companion.

Our village hall, the Burton Institute, is open on both days (with our splendid Winster Tapestry on show) and is fully accessible, including disabled toilet facilities.

The gardens map clearly shows which gardens accept dogs on a lead - roughly half of them do: mostly to the whole garden, but for a couple this is just for part of the garden. 
Price to be confirmed. In 2019, Day tickets cost £5 (children free, but must be accompanied) - or £8 for a 2-day ticket.

Tickets are on sale on the day, from outside the Market House in Main Street, and from the Car Park.

If you have questions that we haven't answered, email us, or call us on 01629 650364